My Approach to Helping
Maybe you're feeling down all the time and can't sleep or focus on anything. Maybe you feel like your kids are struggling but you just don't know what the right thing to do is. Or maybe you overthink every little thing and find it hard to turn it off. It's hard to keep going when you feel like you're just treading water. Life is overwhelming at times.
You don't have to do this alone. I specialize in treating children, adolescents and families struggling with anxiety, depression and behavioral issues. Let me take some of the burden off your shoulders.
The goal of therapy is always growth and positive change. Everyone has their own personal strengths. In therapy, we explore what those strengths are and build on those to help create the life that you have always envisioned.
More Info About My Practice
I have clinical experience working with a variety of diagnosis and mental health issues. These include but are not limited to: Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Anger Management, Self-Injury, Family Conflict, Intimate Partner Relational Problems, Trauma, and Parenting Support.
I have previous experience from working in domestic violence shelters, homeless shelters, community health agencies and in private practice.
I will provide a safe and supportive environment for you to explore the root cause of the issues you are struggling with as well as the skills you will need to make long lasting changes.
How Psychotherapy Can Help
I know it's scary to open up to a complete stranger. However, the fact that I'm a stranger is actually the best part! Since I am not personally involved in your day to day life, this allows me to be completely without judgement or hidden agendas. My only goal is to help you find your truth, what works for you and to help you achieve the life that you have always dreamed of.
The difference between talking to me and your friends/family is that I am someone who has the training and experience to help professionally. A mental health professional can help you approach your situation in a new way. They can teach you new skills, help you to figure out how everything connects from your past experiences to current ones and how your thoughts, feelings and behaviors are influenced from these experiences. They provide you with different perspectives, and help you listen to yourself.
Another great thing about psychotherapy is that it is completely confidential. There is no need to worry about others "knowing my business".
Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist
In my opinion, the most important thing in finding the right therapist for you is to find someone that you really connect with. There has to be a positive working relationship between you and your therapist. If you can't connect with them, you won't feel comfortable enough to open up and be honest with them. If you're not open with them, there won't be the progress that you are desiring.
I make the promise that I will never take it personal if you say to me that you think we are not a good fit. I know that I can't possibly connect with every person that walks through my door. It's much more important to me to help you find that person so that you can begin the journey of change.
Secondly, it's important to find a therapist that is well educated and has experience in treating those with the same mental health struggles that you are having. We are not a jack of all trades, so to speak. We can not be an expert in every single mental health issue so choose someone that has the experience to back them.